Wednesday, May 12, 2010

DreamWorks Courting Tim Burton To Unleash Their Monsterpocalypse

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: Bloody Disgusting / Av Club / Avery Guerra

Looks like we can take Tim Burton off the list of possible "Godzilla 2012" directors......and it looks like Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros aren't the only studio looking to unleash some giant monster action in cinemas come 2012.

It has just been announced that DreamWorks has acquired the movie rights to the giant monster game, "Monsterpocalypse" from Privateer Press.

In conjunction with this acquisition, the studio has also announced that they have opened up talks with film maker, Tim Burton, to helm the project.

Burton, who is reportedly a huge "Godzilla" movie fan, had been high on most fans wish-lists to direct, "Godzilla 2012" for Legendary Pictures, now seems poised to make his own style of giant monster film for the rival studio, DreamWorks, instead.

Monsterpocalypse, is a miniature battle game that features giant monsters, robots, tanks and other various weapons and creatures. The game first burst on the board game scene in 2008 and immediately sold out in retail outlets across the country. Since then Privateer Press has released numerous expansion sets with new monsters ans other game related items.

This year the game company will add "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" to their Monsterpocalypse line. Reportedly the game, which is scheduled to be released in July, will contain 22 pre-painted plastic figures, including Voltron, 5 Voltron Lions, 5 Galaxy Garrison Cruisers, Lo-Tron, 1 Prince Lotor’s Command Ship, 4 Robeasts, and 5 Lo-Tron Force Skull Ships. The game will also include 1 double-sided play mat, 24 specialty dice, 4 status counters, and a full-color rulebook.

So far, not much is known about DreamWorks plans for the "Monsterpocalypse" movie, and at this time the only other name attached to the project, besides Burton, is the games developer, Matt Wilson, who is set to co-produce.

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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.